Changes to the MotoGP regulations 2020-2021 decided

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Changes to the MotoGP regulations 2020-2021 decided

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Changes to the MotoGP regulations 2020/2021 decided

Changes to the MotoGP regulations
Concession points, wildcard and engine development

Due to the global consequences of the measures against the Covid-19 virus, the MotoGP officials have adjusted the regulations for all classes. Affected are the issues of concession points, wildcard use and engine development.

Dina Dervisevic,

Uli Baumann


In a video conference on April 15, 2020, the MotoGP officials decided to make some changes to the technical regulations in all classes as a result of the global measures against the Covid 19 pandemic. The changes aim on the one hand to reduce costs for everyone involved and on the other hand to ensure equal opportunities and fairness. In advance, all manufacturers and teams were spoken to, and they all agreed to the proposals.

The following changes have been made to the regulations:

With the concession point rule, MotoGP teams can gain or lose advantages. For example, the number of engines or wildcard deployments can be increased with concession points. In the 2020 MotoGP season, which was severely restricted by the corona pandemic, the governors have now adjusted the rules.

One consequence of the reduced number of events in 2020 was that a manufacturer without a license could obtain licenses for 2021 based on the results in just a few races. To address this issue, the Commission agreed to the following amendment to the rules:

  • During the 2020 season, concessions can only be lost, not won.
  • The existing regulations apply to the point in time when licenses are lost.
  • All concession points that the concession manufacturers received in 2020 are still valid for 2 years.

KTM and Aprilia are allowed to develop further

The Grand Prix Commission has also decided that the homologation of the 2020/21 engine specifications can be postponed for manufacturers in the MotoGP class who benefit from concessions. This will benefit KTM and Aprilia, who now have until June 29th to further develop their engines. Originally, it was agreed that engine development would be frozen as of Qatar at the beginning of March.

No more wildcard bets

It was also decided that wildcard stakes will be suspended in all classes for the 2020 season. The aim is to keep the number of participants on billing weekends as low as possible. In addition, the use of the limited pit space is to be reserved for regular drivers. This decision is also in line with the cost-cutting guidelines for MotoGP-class manufacturers. For the 2021 season, however, wildcard stakes should be allowed again. However, this decision will be reviewed before the 2021 season.

Further rule changes for MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3

MotoGP: The specifications for the engine and aero-body parts will be frozen until the first event of the 2021 season. Thereafter, the current upgrade regulations apply for the rest of the 2021 season.

Moto2 and Moto3: The specifications for the entire motorcycle will be completely frozen for the 2020 season and also the 2021 season.

The development freeze applies to all teams of all classes without exception. The following are the full decisions of the Grand Prix Commission on these changes as well as details on the prohibition of devices for driving height adjustment in the Moto2 and Moto3:

Moto2 class

  • The organizers supply all riders in the Moto2 class with the same Triumph 765 cc engines
  • So far, the only restriction on the assignment of technical parts was that one upgrade of the aero body was allowed per manufacturer

The GPC approved the following changes with immediate effect:

  • Aero Body: The current 2020 aero bodies as homologated by the chassis manufacturers at the QatarGP 2020, as well as all versions homologated in 2019, will be frozen until the end of the 2021 season. Further upgrades are not permitted.
  • Frame and swing arm:
    – Each chassis manufacturer can submit the current or previously used frame or swing arm for homologation. These designs will be frozen until the end of the 2021 season with no further specifications allowed.
    – Each team must then specify a maximum of 2 specifications for frame and swing arm per driver from the chassis manufacturer’s homologation list. Each replacement driver may only use the declared parts for the driver he is replacing.

Moto3 class

Currently, manufacturers in the Moto3 class have to make the same motorcycle available to all riders. Up until now, drivers were allowed to choose two gear ratios per season.

The GPC approved the following changes with immediate effect:

  • The motorcycle specs given by each manufacturer at the 2020 Qatar GP will be frozen for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. This means that no further upgrades are permitted for listed engine parts, chassis, swing arm, engine, aero body, throttle body and transmission.
  • The GPC has also approved the number of engines each driver is allowed to use in relation to a possibly revised calendar for 2020 and 2021. These will be published as part of the revised regulations.

Applies to Moto2 and Moto3 classes

Prohibition of devices for driving height adjustment:

  • Devices for driving height adjustment that support the driver at the start of the race are only permitted for MotoGP according to the current rules. Because of the potentially high development costs that these devices could require, it is believed that this technology does not fit the ethos of Moto3 and Moto2, a low-cost championship. Therefore, this technology is banned for these two categories with immediate effect.
  • The use of devices that change or adjust the ride height of the motorcycle while it is in motion is prohibited. The only exception are the spring preload regulators for mechanical / hydraulic suspensions operated directly by the driver.

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